Apple TV+ to Bow ‘Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You’ Doc on Oct. 23

Apple Original Films Oct. 5 announced it will premiere the documentary Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You on Oct. 23 on subscription streaming video service Apple TV+. Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, “Letter To You,” arrives in stores and on music platforms the same day.

The documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, in addition to featuring full performances from the E Street Band, 10 originals from the new album, in-studio footage, archival material, and a deeper look into Springsteen himself.

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Written by Springsteen and directed by frequent collaborator Thom Zimny (Western Stars, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, Springsteen on Broadway), the film is a tribute to the E Street Band, to rock music, and to the role it has played in Springsteen’s life.

Letter To You is Springsteen’s first studio album recorded live and together with the E Street Band since 1984’s Born in the U.S.A. Both the album and companion documentary include recently written Springsteen songs side by side with previously unreleased compositions from the 1970s. Throughout the doc Springsteen shares his thoughts and feelings behind the album, and puts the new music into the context of his entire body of work.

It’s the next piece in the autobiographical series that began with the memoir Born to Run, continued with Springsteen on Broadway and advanced through his film, Western Stars.

Apple Original Films’ Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You is produced by Jon Landau and Zimny and co-produced by Barbara Carr, with Springsteen serving as executive producer. Fans can pre-add Letter To You on Apple Music and receive a notification when the album is released.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year.

Time Life to Release ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ Blu-ray Disc Concert Package

Time Life has set a Feb. 18 Blu-ray Disc debut date for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert, a three-part collection giving viewers the opportunity to view in concert some of the biggest names in rock history throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

The collection consists of six discs that include nearly 30 hours of entertainment, at a suggested retail price of $69.99.

Previously, the collection was only available on DVD in regular and deluxe editions.

 Among the performing artists are Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Electric Light Orchestra, Heart, James Taylor, Journey, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Simon and Garfunkel, Sting, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks, Glenn Frey, Green Day, Yes, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Beastie Boys, Genesis, N.W.A., Randy Newman, Public Enemy and U2.

Housed in one collector’s case are three distinct Blu-ray collections, each consisting of two discs: Rock Hall in Concert, Rock Hall In Concert — Encore, and The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert features 53 iconic performances from the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 induction ceremonies, including:

  • Bruce Springsteen joining inductees the E Street Band for the deep-cut classic “The E Street Shuffle” from the Boss’s second album, from 1973.
  • Legendary grunge-rock group Pearl Jam delivering thundering performances of “Alive,” “Given to Fly” and “Better Man.”
  • The two surviving members of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, Annie Clark, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett for emotional renderings of the group’s biggest hits.
  • Cat Stevens performing “Father & Son.”
    Journey performing three classic cuts: “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
  • Hall of Fame induction speeches including Coldplay’s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich inducting Deep Purple.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert – Encore features 44 iconic performances from the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 induction ceremonies.

  • Celebrated Canadian power trio Rush performing fiery classics “Tom Sawyer” and “The Spirit of Radio.”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers leading a searing all-star jam session of “Higher Ground” anchored by Slash and Ron Wood.
  • Heart performing “Crazy on You” before being joined onstage by fellow members of Seattle rock royalty from Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
  • Alice Cooper ripping into ferocious versions of “Eighteen” and “Under My Wheels” before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out.
  • Donovan joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a chilling performance of “Season of the Witch.”
  • Hall of Fame induction speeches including Don Henley inducting Randy Newman and Neil Young inducting Tom Waits.

And The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts showcase the Rock Hall of Fame’s two-night 25th anniversary concert, held Oct. 29 and 30, 2009, in Madison Square Garden.

  • Mick Jagger and Fergie in a blistering version of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Gimme Shelter,” with U2
  • Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel for a duet of “Born to Run.”
  • Sting joining Jeff Beck for the Curtis Mayfeld classic “People Get Ready.”
  • Paul Simon, David Crosby and Graham Nash teaming up on the George Harrison classic “Here Comes the Sun.”
  • Ozzy Osbourne singing with Metallica on the Black Sabbath classics “Iron Man” and “Paranoid.”
  • John Fogerty and  Bruce Springsteen sharing vocals on the late Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

 

Warner Releasing Springsteen Tribute ‘Blinded by the Light’ Digitally Oct. 22, on Disc Nov. 19

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the drama Blinded by the Light through digital retailers Oct. 22, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 19.

Written, directed and produced by Gurinder Chadha, the film is based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N’ Roll. Set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen songs, the film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amid the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir). But when a classmate (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

The cast also includes Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell and Dean-Charles Chapman.

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The film earned $11.86 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray and DVD will include the featurette “Memoir to Movie.” The Blu-ray will also include deleted scenes and the featurette “The Most Crazy Thing.”

 

Doc ‘Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I Am?’ Coming to Disc and Digital Aug. 13 From MVD and Virgil

The Virgil Films documentary Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?, about one of the most famous saxophone players in the world, is coming Aug. 13 in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from MVD Entertainment Group. The film will also be released on Digital HD Aug. 13 from Virgil.

After Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s marathon “Rising Tour” came to an end in 2003, Clemons felt like he needed a break. Though the world knew him as The Big Man and a lifetime member of the E Street Band, there was also a deeply spiritual side to Clemons, so he packed up his saxophone and journeyed to China, where he could be more or less a nameless traveler in a foreign land. Following him was director, friend and photographer Nick Mead, who documented the musician’s transcendent awakening overseas. Once Clemons returned to the States, Mead decided to keep the cameras rolling, which is when tragedy struck. While in Florida, Clemons suffered a stroke and passed away.

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With the help of producer Joe Amodei, the film became more than just a document of the musician’s spiritual journey, it became a biography of his life and a love letter and farewell from those who knew him best.

“It was an honor and a privilege to work with Nick Mead on this project. Clarence was a true Big Man! His spirituality rose to the top of every interview we conducted.” said producer Amodei in a statement.

Featuring interviews with President Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Jake Clemons, and former band mates, friends and close family members, Who Do I Think I Am? documents Clemons’s life as a musician and member of the E Street band while also presenting another side of the man not many knew offstage.

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? (OFFICIAL THEATRICAL TRAILER) from Virgil Films on Vimeo.